Develop an appreciation for the natural wonders of the Lake Champlain region by spending as much time outside as you can. After all, a fondness for unspoiled nature is one of the main reasons the state consistently ranks among the best places to live in the country. Go off the gridand disconnect to discover the true gems all around you.
Fresh air, a cool breeze, and a blazing fire are invitation enough to pitch a tent and simplify life for a bit. Regale friends and family with your adventures from the day over toasted marshmallows and laughter as the light slowly dims to total darkness. For more amenities, consider an established campground or campsite, or venture deeper into the woods in a state park for a remote excursion.
Wet And Wild
There’s no excuse to stay on land with so many options for getting out on the water. Gain a new perspective of Vermont’s waterways after renting a sailboat, kayak, or canoe by taking a lesson or tour. Or experience the fun and freedom of the newer sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) as you glide past the lush and colorful shoreline.
Hitting The Links
Tee up at a variety of challenging 18-hole golf courses in the area, including public and private clubs, in this putter’s paradise. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surroundinglandscape and spectacular sightlines of towering Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design championship course, and you’ll marvel at the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain from the Scottish Links-style course.
Becoming One With The Trees
You can’t truly embrace nature without first learning about it, and there are unique opportunities to do so even within the city limits. Birdwatch, walk, garden, or paddle through the 360-acre campus of farmland, trails, and open space right along the Winooski River. Or follow certified master arborist Brian Sullivan on a 1.25-hour walking tour through Burlington to learn about the urban forest and identify common tree species in the area.
With so many outdoor activities available at our area ski resorts, visitors are hard-pressed to find time to go inside. And who would want to with hiking, biking, disc golf, yoga, tennis, bungee trampolines, zip lines, and more all at their disposal? Play all day until the sun goes down, then enjoy a well-deserved night relaxing under the stars.